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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-20-05 11:30 PM
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Know your BFEE: R. James Woolsey, Turd of War
Edited on Fri May-20-05 11:40 PM by Octafish
Supersmart guy. Summa Cum Laude US Navy Admiral and ex-CIA head who mayve helped scuttle a bunch of arms control treaties to extend the Cold War. He helped gum up the works when Pruneface Reagan and Gorby got together and agreed to scrap the ICBMs and all the nukes if the US dumped Star Wars. Such a deal!



Statement of R. James Woolsey

EXCERPT...

In 1983, I was a member of President Reagan's Commission on Strategic Forces, the Scowcroft Commission (and the principal draftsman of its report); we did not reject SDI when it was announced by the President during the middle of our deliberations, but it is fair to say that the Commission assigned SDI a decidedly secondary role to what we felt to be the nation's central strategic objective: maintaining a survivable and effective offensive deterrent. Following the Reykjavik summit of 1986, I was the co-author of an article in the New York Times Magazine that was highly critical of President Reagan's proposal there to ban all ballistic missiles and rely principally on SDI for our strategic protection. We wrote in the article:

"The official line has become a sort of strategic Manichaeanism: that there exist

only the dawn of S.D.I. and the darkness of mutual assured destruction that went

before it. The concept of careful and stable deterrence, with modernization of

nuclear weapons to improve their survivability, some militarily useful work on

defensive systems and moderate arms control, was abandoned."

One aspect of the approach to strategic issues summarized by this quotation, for many of us in the seventies and eighties, included adherence to the ABM Treaty. But for an important share of the treaty's supporters, acceptance of the treaty was not accompanied by any lapse into revery about the beauty of the concept of mutual assured destruction. It was very far from desirable, for many of us who supported the treaty then, that by agreeing not to deploy nationwide ballistic missile defenses we would thereby guarantee most Soviet missiles a free ride to American targets -- quite a few of us never liked the mutual aspect of mutual assured destruction. But we persuaded ourselves then that, nonetheless, the treaty presented the lesser of two evils, for two reasons.



CONTINUED...

http://www.globalsecurity.org/space/library/congress/19...


PNAC-er, too. Right up there with the rest of the neocons like Richard Perle, John Bolton and the rest of the MI-Complex living dead. yada dada.

So. A fine turd of the BFEE he is. Heres what a few experts have to say about Jim Woolsey (DUers and visitors feel free to add what you got on this greasy turd of the high seas and the rest of his PNAC pirate crew). Now hes a MOST strong proponent to extend the War on Terror 24/7:

Woolsey was the fellah who testified to Congress that Osama bin Laden was Khalid bin Mahfouzs brother-in-law. Thats bad for the crazy monkey and the BFEE because it ties to BCCI, the bank that James R Bath used to funnel bin Ladens and bin Mahfouzs petrodollars into Juniors failed energy companies from Arbust to Spectrum 7 to HARKEN Energy. Then, bald-faced liar Woolsey testified a retraction:

Wanna bet America would connect the dots P.D.Q. between bin Laden, Terror, Inc, the War on Terra and the BFEE if they knew the following about James Woolsey, the Democratic roots-neocon BFEE pocket-liner and cash-cow.

THESE ARE WAR CRIMINALS WHO HAVE USED THEIR OFFICE TO EXTEND THE COLD WAR, ENSLAVE THE NATION AND PLANET, AND ENSURE THEIR ASSOCIATES GET ALL THE LOOT AND THE "WE THE PEOPLE" GET THE SCREW.

Torture, the CIA and the Press

Who Let the Dogs Out?


By DOUGLAS VALENTINE

O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!

Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene I.

EXCERPT

In this same December 2001 article, Hersh claims that in 1998, former CIA Director R. James Woolsey, along with Richard Perle and the "Iraq Hawks" in the Bush Regime - Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and Donald Feith - urged Clinton to support Chalabi's insurgents. Ironically, Hersh also says that in 2001, Perle and Woolsey "inspired a surge of articles and columns calling for the extension of the Afghan war into Iraq."

Again, Hersh is careful in what he doesn't say. For example, former CIA Director (and unofficial "black propaganda" minister) R. James Woolsey was, in 1985, one of seven directors of the Titan Corporation. In 2002, Titan employed Adel Nakhla, who was assigned by Titan as a civilian translator to the 205th MI Brigade. Notably, Nakhla is named as a "suspect" in the Taguba Report, which Seymour Hersh analyzed and then presented to the public in an article for The New Yorker, even before the Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff had, by his own account, had a chance to read it.1

Curiously, this writer knows of one former CIA contract officer who, before joining the Titan Corporation, worked as a Phoenix Coordinator in Vietnam in 1967. This same individual served in 1974 as a congressional liaison officer for CIA officer Donald Gregg. As Vice-President George H. W. Bush's National Security Advisor, Gregg helped to create the CIA's Counter Terrorism Center under Duane Clarridge in 1986. Gregg had managed the Phoenix Program in III Corps in Vietnam in 1970.

This unstated connection to the Phoenix Program, which was a major factor in the May Lai Massacre, is also significant in understanding what Hersh wants us to infer from his articles on national security issues. Specifically, as Hersh informed us in a December 2003 article in The New Yorker (titled "MOVING TARGETS: Will the counter-insurgency plan in Iraq repeat the mistakes of Vietnam?"), the CIA had formed a new Special Forces group, designated Task Force 121, to neutralize Baathist insurgents, by capture or assassination. According to Hersh, many of the anonymous officials he interviewed for his article feared that the new operation, called "premptive manhunting" by one of them, had "the potential to turn into another Phoenix Program."

SNIP

The Company Man

According to Seymour Hersh, Titan Corporation Director, former CIA Director, and unofficial "black propaganda" minister R. James Woolsey was satisfied with an unstable but "loosely federalized democracy" in Iraq, the type that Chalabi and Clarridge recommended, while Pentagon planners wanted a plan that included "feasibility."

Guess which one we got?

CONTINUED



NOW THIS GUY WANTED A WAR. HE NEEDED A WAR. SO HE FOUND SOMEONE TO PICK A FIGHT WITH

QUESTIONABLE TIES

Tracking bin Laden's money flow leads back to Midland, Texas


by Wayne Madsen

EXCERPT...

In conflicting statements, Bush at first denied ever knowing (James R.) Bath, then acknowledged his stake in Arbusto and that he was aware Bath represented Saudi interests. In fact, Bath has extensive ties, both to the bin Laden family and major players in the scandal-ridden Bank of Commerce and Credit International (BCCI) who have gone on to fund Osama bin Laden. BCCI defrauded depositors of $10 billion in the 80s in what has been called the largest bank fraud in world financial history by former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. During the 80s, BCCI also acted as a main conduit for laundering money intended for clandestine CIA activities, ranging from financial support to the Afghan mujahedin to paying intermediaries in the Iran-Contra affair.

SNIP...

Though Bush told the Wall Street Journal he had no idea BCCI was involved in Harkens financial dealings, the network of connections between Bush and BCCI is so extensive that the Journal concluded their investigation of the matter in 1991 by stating: The number of BCCI-connected people who had dealings with Harkenall since George W. Bush came on boardraises the question of whether they mask an effort to cozy up to a presidential son. Or even the president: Bath finally came under investigation by the FBI in 1992 for his Saudi business relationships, accused of funneling Saudi money through Houston in order to influence the foreign policies of the Reagan and first Bush administrations.

Worst of all, bin Mahfouz allegedly has been financing the bin Laden terrorist networkmaking Bush a U.S. citizen who has done business with those who finance and support terrorists. According to USA Today, bin Mahfouz and other Saudis attempted to transfer $3 million to various bin Laden front operations in Saudi Arabia in 1999. ABC News reported the same year that Saudi officials stopped bin Mahfouz from contributing money directly to bin Laden. (Bin Mahfouzs sister is also a wife of Osama bin Laden, a fact that former CIA Director James Woolsey revealed in 1998 Senate testimony.)

CONTINUED...

http://www.inthesetimes.com/issue/25/25/feature3.shtml

SOME SAY NETWORKING. OTHERS CALL IT CONSPIRACY:


Truth, lies, and the legend of 9/11

(The Name of the person that turned in Daniel Pearl)

Part 2 of 10 parts: Enter Daniel Pearl


We may never know the true motivation that set Daniel Pearl on a quest that would ultimately lead to his grisly demise. However, thanks to an invaluable article by Robert Sam Anson in the August 2002 issue of Vanity Fair, we do know which key player was involved in guiding him on his quest for knowledge.

Mansoor Ijaz is not a man widely known outside his circle, but his intimate connections run deep in Washington's power circles. A counter-terror expert, a member of the Council On Foreign Relations, a Fox News analyst, as well as a business partner of former CIA Director James Woolsey, Ijaz is represented by the public relations firm of Benador Associates, whose client list reads like a "who's who" of the propaganda heavy-hitters who were pushing for a war in IraqRichard Perle (former Chairman of the Defense Policy Board), Woolsey (also a member of the Defense Policy Board), Iraqi scientist ( and chronicler of Saddam's weapons program) Khidir Khamza, former Washington Times publisher (and UPI chief) Arnaud De Borchgrave, anti-Saddam author Laurie Mylroie, Harvard professor/CIA associate Richard Pipes (mentor of Mylroie, and father of Daniel Pipes), and Frank Gaffney, president of the hard-right Center For Security Policy (of which Perle and Woolsey are on the advisory council).

The interlocking relationships of members of this cliqueor "crew," in the parlance of organized crimeis indeed a testament to the power of networking, yet the astonishing scope of their most recent activitiesboth in the lead-up to and aftermath of 9/11is perhaps indicative of a more covertly sinister tint in the psychological makeup of some members of the political "power elite."


http://www.onlinejournal.com/Special_Reports/110803Kupf...

Most important: Thanks to DUer donsu!

THEN THE GUYS TIED IN WITH..

Meet the New Boss

By Matthew CallanFreezerbox
January 17, 2003


EXCERPT

Kean is also a director at Amerada Hess, a petroleum company whose green and white gas stations are a familiar sight in the New York metropolitan area. The Hess family is well known for its ownership of the New York Jets, but their company is less famous for being a partner in Hess-Delta, an oil exploration and development joint venture incorporated in the Cayman Islands. Little is known about Delta-Hess's interests besides its investments in the Caspian Sea region, Azerbaijan, and other former Soviet republics.

What is known is that Hess's partner in this joint venture is Delta Oil of Saudi Arabia, a company with some extremely suspicious executives. Two of Kean's Hess-Delta business partners-Mohammed Hussein al Amoudi and Khalid bin Mahfouz-have been under investigation as far back as 1999 for suspected ties to Al Qaeda (Boston Herald, 12/11/2001). Both men have numerous overlapping oil interests in Saudi Arabia, one of which is Delta. Both men are accused by name in a $1 trillion lawsuit, filed on behalf of families of the victims of September 11, as alleged financiers of Al Qaeda.

Khalid bin Mahfouz, head of Saudi Arabia's powerful National Commercial Bank, has led a storied and very public career in fraud. He was implicated in the BCCI banking scandal during the early 1990s, when the Bank of Commerce and Credit International robbed depositors of $10 billion. He eventually paid a $225 million settlement to escape prosecution. In the mid-1990s, he was caught in a citizenship-for-sale scandal, in which he courted investors for business ventures in Ireland, in exchange for Irish passports and huge tax exemptions.

Shortly thereafter, it appears that bin Mahfouz made the jump from white-collar criminal into terrorist sugar daddy. In 1999, he was reportedly placed under house arrest by the Saudi government on suspicion of supporting terrorism. An audit of his National Commerce Bank discovered that $2 billion dollars had gone missing, and US and Saudi officials feared it was funneled to Al Qaeda via numerous charity fronts. One of the "charities" to which bin Mahfouz may have "contributed" heavily, the Advice and Reformation Committee, was founded by Osama bin Laden himself and financed the 1998 African embassy bombings. US officials also suspect bin Mahfouz to be financially linked to the USS Cole attack, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and numerous failed terrorist actions.

Bin Mahfouz's son was on the board of the Sudanese chapter of Blessed Relief, a charity whose assets were frozen by the Treasury Department in October 2001 for suspected terrorist links. (Ottawa Citizen, 9/29/2001)

As a final note, bin Mahfouz also happens to be Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law. According to Senate testimony given by former CIA director James Woolsey, bin Mahfouz's younger sister is one of bin Laden's many brides. (New York Times, 11/12/2001)

One may wonder how Tom Kean has, thus far, been able to avoid such scrutiny. He hasn't entirely; Michel Chussodovsky, an economics professor at the University of Ottawa, recently wrote an extensive expos of Kean's connections at globalresearch.ca, and a number of other alternative news sources have already published articles on the subject. But the mainstream media refuses to pick up the story, possibly because questions about Kean's connections to bin Mahfouz ultimately lead to questions about President Bush's connections to him as well.

In 1979, when Bush started up Arbusto Energy in Houston, one of his investors was James Bath, the US business representative of Salem bin Laden-brother of Osama. Though it has yet to be proven, many suspect Bath's $50,000 investment came directly from Salem. Following bin Laden's death in 1988, his Houston-based interests were absorbed by Khalid bin Mahfouz. As a result, Bush soon found himself in hot water during the BCCI scandal, when investigations into the bank's finances revealed that many of the indicted BCCI executives invested heavily in Harken Energy (a reincarnation of Arbusto). Bush denied any knowledge of the BCCI investment, though this answer appears to be disingenuous at best. Bin Mahfouz, a BCCI principal, was implicated in the collective fraud, though not directly connected to Bush's company.

CONTINUED

http://www.globalpolicy.org/wtc/analysis/2003/0117boss....

THESE GUYS LOVE WAR BECAUSE IT MAKES THEM MONEY. A WAR ON TERROR IS NOTHING NEW TO THEM. THEY ARE THE EXPERTS. THEY KNOW HOW TO MAKE MONEY OFF WAR. WHATS WORSE, THEY LOVE THEIR JOBS.

THE PAPER TRAIL EXISTS TO TIE TERRORISTS LIKE THOSE BIN MAHFOUZ FINANCED sTRAIGHT ON THROUGH TO THE BFEE AND THE BUSH MONKEY HOUSE. THIS ISNT HISTORY. ITS AN INDICTMENT.


THANKS 9215 AND DU, WHEREVER YOU ARE!

THANKS TO JARA SANG FOR A NEAT IDEA.

Edit: I wrote a bad word.
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 06:00 AM
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1. Yuk!
:kick:
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 06:02 AM
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2. Zwei Yuk!
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 09:53 AM
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10. Wow, Swampiticus! Now THAT's Gen. Ripper speaking!
Also like the monkey in the background.



Speaking of demented cold warriors, do you know the ways of Curt LeMay? Doot-doot doo-roo doot doot do-roo-roo...


Curtis LeMay - Demented Cold Warrior

"The reality is that we are a country like any other, with good and evil people, the strong and the weak, noble and criminal acts, with truth often hidden under deception and propaganda." --James K. Galbraith


Curtis LeMay was a belligerent Cold Warrior who was portrayed in the satirical film Dr. Strangelove, as the trigger-happy General Jack D. Ripper.

In air campaigns against Japan during World Was II, LeMay abandoned the established policy of daylight, precision bombing. Instead, he loaded his B29's with firebombs and sent them out over Japanese cities during the night. LeMays bombers killed some half million people and left eight million homeless.

After World War II, LeMay served in the Pentagon. In 1947, LeMay transferred to Wiesbaden, Germany to command U.S. Air Forces in Europe. LeMay returned to the U.S. in October 1948 to take charge of the Strategic Air Command (SAC).

In his first war plan drawn up in 1949, LeMay proposed dropping the entire stockpile of 133 atomic bombs in one massive attack on 70 cities within 30 days. By the end of his term, the SAC was on constant alert and ready to execute an all-out atomic attack at a moments notice. LeMay was SAC commander until June 1957.

LeMay was appointed Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force in 1957 and Chief of Staff in 1961. As a member of the Joint Chiefs during the Cuban Missile Crisis, LeMay recommended that President John F. Kennedy send the navy and SAC to surround Cuba and if need be, "fry it." When the crisis ended peacefully, LeMay called it "the greatest defeat in our history."

CONTINUED...

http://www.geocities.com/lemaycurtis /

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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 02:27 PM
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17. I know someone who worked for Curt LeMay back in the 50s
SAC ;)

LeMay was INSANE.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 09:42 AM
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9. What I meant to write...Woolsey's a nice guy, but he's still a war head.
I was tired when I put the original post together, and this morning with fresh eyes, I can see it shows. If I may begin anew...

Wikipedia has a good bio w/plenty o' links on Woolsey:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._James_Woolsey

Now I admire what the admiral has done in the fight to keep us free of the commies. He was there in the struggle for Civil Rights with, um, interesting people. But being a good guy then doesn't mean he's not with the BFEE now.

First, the guy's a PNAC turd:

http://www.crisispapers.org/Editorials/PNAC-Primer.htm


Second, the guy was front and center in pinning 9-11 on Iraq:

http://www.globalpolicy.org/security/issues/iraq/after/...


Third, he helped eat up the peace surplus:

http://www.thebulletin.org/article.php?art_ofn=ja93prad...


Thank you for understanding me, Karenina. Thanks also for giving a damn.
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DrDebug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 06:51 AM
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3. Drie Yuk. Next stop: Persia. The Smoking Scud in a Bucket?

WOOLSEY: IRAN AND STATE-SPONSORED TERRORISM (04/29/93)

Following is an editorial, broadcast by the Voice of America April 29, <1993> reflecting the views of the U.S. government.

According to James Woolsey, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, state-sponsored terrorism is "the most important component of the international terrorism problem." In recent testimony before members of the U.S. Congress, Woolsey noted that, "Nation states make terrorists more lethal and more ambitious."

Six countries -- Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Cuba and North Korea -- are listed by the U.S. State Department as sponsors of international terrorism. Woolsey warned that "while state-sponsored terrorism has decreased in recent years, none of the countries on this list has forsworn terrorism as a foreign policy tool. Each can readily conduct or sponsor international attacks, and each maintains ties to violent groups."
(...)
http://www.fas.org/irp/news/1993/14191772-14194893.htm


Since Woolsey was the person who immediately claimed the Al Qaeda - Irak - 9/11 link, is he a helper in the next war uh operation

One down, five more to go


Ex-CIA chief warns of EMP nuke threat - Woolsey calls on U.S. to defend against devastating 'Scud-in-a-bucket' attack
Posted: May 2, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Joseph Farah
2005 WorldNetDaily.com

WASHINGTON Former CIA chief James Woolsey affirms the work of a special commission investigating the threat of a nuclear-bomb generated electromagnetic pulse attack on the U.S. by rogue states or terrorists and is urging the country to take steps necessary to protect against the potentially devastating consequences.

In testimony before the House International Terrorism and Non-Proliferation Subcommittee, chaired by Ed Royce, R-Calif., Woolsey, director of the CIA from 1993 through 1995, referred to the nuclear EMP threat, characterized in intelligence circles, he said, as "a SCUD in a bucket."

"That is a simple ballistic missile from a stockpile somewhere in the world outfitted on something like a tramp steamer and fired from some distance offshore into an American city or to a high altitude, thereby creating an electromagnetic pulse effect, which could well be one of the most damaging ways of using a nuclear weapon," he said.

Woolsey commended the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from EMP Attack for its years of work on the subject and for its dire report concluding that it is a means of attack that could lead to the defeat of the U.S. by a much smaller enemy and utter devastation of the country.



Q: How real is the risk that the mullahs, given the power they have, will share weapons of mass destruction with subsidiary terrorist operations?
(...)
A: It's possible. Iran is probably the leading terrorist-sponsoring state in the world right now, and their intelligence services are very active doing this both financially and with all kinds of assistance. And one would hope they would have more sense than to share any type of weapons of mass destruction with terrorists. But I don't think one can count on the common sense of the mullahs. ... So I think we need to do everything we can to help the reformers in Iran. ...
(...)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/tehran/ax...
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 10:45 AM
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11. Woolsey's mad about M.A.D.
And he's plenty pissed it doesn't get the funding it once did. (Of course, he found something new to back -- PNAC.) That means new technologies MUST be developed.

Those are some articles you found there, Dr. DeBug! Thanks! Woolsey's doing a find job of identifying threats and then figuring out what businesses to invest in. Gee. The inside scoop must spread fast. As outlined below, came in quite, er, handy after 9-11 and the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act...

From some DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) conference

I'm Tom Armour and I am delighted to be here in beautiful Dallas in what still seems like August to tell you about the new Asymmetric Threat Initiative of DARPA's Information Systems Office.

I can still remember a metaphor Jim Woolsey used in a statement he made after being named to be the next Director of Central Intelligence. This was a few years after the Berlin Wall had come down and the Soviet Union had disintegrated.
People then were talking giddily about a "peace dividend."

Woolsey pointedly said that while the "big, bad bear" was gone, the woods were still filled with lots of "poisonous snakes" and other little nasties and was every bit as dangerous a place as it had been... if not even more perilous.

Woolsey was referring, in part, to what we now call the asymmetric threat.

Let me briefly talk about how these threats are different from Woolsey's big, bad bear

CONTINUED ...

http://66.102.7.104/search?q=cache:23kFg75AF4EJ:www.dar...

A favor, Dr. DeBug: Would you post the needed HTML tags for creating those nice gray boxes? I'm a bit backwards...
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DrDebug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 11:20 AM
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14. Sure
Edited on Sat May-21-05 11:20 AM by DrDebug
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Edit: try #2
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 07:46 PM
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19. Thanks, DrDebug. You know you've created a monster?
What was it Dulles said when recruiting NAZIs? To fight communism, we may have to adopt their methods?



THE COMMITTEE ON THE PRESENT DANGER

August 03, 2004

JAMES WOOLSEY IS AT IT AGAIN. He is now spearheading the revived Committee on the Present Danger which was a mainstay of national security hawks during the Cold War and served as the platform for the late Senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson's iconic ascent as the Democratic Party's toughest national security voice. But now he's lining up distinguished Americans, mostly neocons but not all, to stand tough against terror. You can find the list and more information at www.fightingterror.org . (One question, does anyone NOT want to fight terror?)

Woolsey has recruited Scoop Jackson wannabes Senators Joseph Lieberman and Jon Kyl as honorary chairs. And on the surface of it, the organizing statement of the Committee says some sensible things:

America faces its gravest threat in a generation: an organized global movement -- assisted by rogue regimes -- has adopted mass terror as a weapon to achieve political goals. And, the prospect that this deadly collusion will involve weapons of mass murder is at hand. . .Victory over terror inspired by radical Islamists -- fought in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere -- will also be a long struggle. It will involve waging a war of ideas and educating the American people on the nature of the anger.

At first glance, I had little problem with much of what appeared in the full page ad placed by the Committee on the Present Danger -- except that one should remind the signers that poor planning by American and allied forces contributed to Iraq becoming a cesspool of fighting radical Islamists. The original fight in Iraq -- against Hussein -- was a regime change effort against a secular fascist that morphed into the kind of war with America that bin Laden actually wanted. But those are just fading details now.

What does greatly concern me in the statement is the righteousness of it, the notion that a "unified voice" against terror is the path to winning this long battle:

Yet, in the course of time, and with success diluted by weariness, some would diminish the scale of the threat that America and our allies must confront. We know, however, that with denial, the danger only grows. This is a war not of fixed formations and battlefield, but of unpredictability both as to time and place of action. . .When faced with a clear and present danger, Americans have always set aside partisan politics to secure this nation and to affirm our common values. The War on Terrorism requires no less.

CONTINUED...

http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/000010.html



"I loves this technomolomogy."



"Look, Diebold made me a king!"
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-24-05 11:39 AM
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39. Korean Beef
Forgot to mention the Admiral's interest in things Korean:



Transcript 818: Korean Beef

Peter Robinson: Today on Uncommon Knowledge: how do you solve a problem like Korea?

Announcer: Funding for this program is provided by the John M. Olin Foundation.

EXCERPT...

James Woolsey: I agree with Peter. Bluster's not the problem. I think the essence of it is that the North Koreans want nuclear weapons. They want to be a nuclear power. They want to perhaps be able to sell fissionable material the way they sell heroin and ballistic missiles in the international marke and we're not going to defuse this easily, unless China decides to defuse it.

Peter Robinson: All right. Now, 1994--Intelligence reveals that North Korea is developing fissionable material, could be used in nuclear weapons. President Clinton considers an air strike; instead, former President Jimmy Carter negotiates the Agreed Framework. Agreed Framework is a term...

James Woolsey: Carter didn't negotiate it.

Peter Robinson: Carter didn't negotiate it?

James Woolsey: No--no, Carter went over and had a press conference with Kim Il Sung. The Agreed Framework was negotiated by the Department of State, actually.

SNIP...

James Woolsey: Well they--I didn't say anything about a missile warhead. Missile warheads are more complex than gravity bombs or a device that could be used in a test. But a relatively simple gravity bomb of the sort that the South Africans produced, simple shotgun design of the sort we had in the late 1940's. I think that is not a substantial barrier over the North Koreans.

CONTINUED...

http://www.uncommonknowledge.org/800/818.html



This guy can just spot business opportunities by the kiloton.
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oasis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 08:30 AM
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4. Months before the invasion of Iraq, PNACers Woolsey and Frank Gaffney
were on "Hardball" calling for Syria to be next. The two were fully confident that Iraq was already a done deal.

Octafish, thanks for laying out this madman's history for us DUers.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 11:13 AM
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12. There's big money to be made in a future rich in opportunity...
Thank you for the reminder about Woolsey and the BFEE megaturd Frank Gaffney. These twisted folk luv war. They also know where they can make a buck off of energy shortages:

Diverse Leadership Coalition Calls for Steps to Reduce U.S. Oil Dependence: Next-Generation Ethanol, Biodiesel, Advanced Vehicles

EXCERPT...

"What we need now is a coalition of tree huggers, do-gooders, sodbusters, and cheap hawks - people like me who want to reduce the leverage of Middle East countries, and win this long war on terrorism with as little shooting as possible," said R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence.

Other principal signatories on the letter are: Robert McFarlane, National Security Advisor to President Reagan; Frank Gaffney, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense in the Reagan Administration; John Podesta, White House Chief of Staff to President Clinton; Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO; and Charles Curtis, Deputy Secretary of Energy in the Clinton Administration.

CONTINUED...

http://www.commondreams.org/news2005/0519-11.htm

Most importantly: You're welcome, oasis. It's a pleasure to pile on the BFEE.
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 08:43 AM
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5. He is certainly one of
the most dangerous people in our government in recent decades. I believe that he is far more intelligent than any of the public faces of the administration; his belief in the efficacy of violence combined with that intellect makes him a threat to peace around the globe. Good job !
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 11:18 AM
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13. Woolsey addressed 1997 Bohemian Grove 'gathering'...
This guy gets around. Not that there's anything wrong with being a featured speaker at an elite all-male club that practices ritual sacrifice (staged, of course or curse)...

1997

July 11

AMB. JAMES WOOLSEY, former CIA Director

"Rogues, Terrorists..:National Security in the Next Century"

July 15

CHRISTOPHER DeMUTH

"The Triumph of the Market & the Politics of Affluence"

July 25

ANTONIN SCALIA, Sitting Justice-U.S. Supreme Court

"CHURCH, STATE & THE CONSTITUTION"!!!!!

SOURCE:

http://www.sonomacountyfreepress.com/bohos/highlights.h...

I understand Woolsey was invited back again to talk about the "Long War of the 20th Century" in 2004. When in demand, one must'nt keep the plutocrats waiting...

Most importantly: Thanks for the kind words, H2O Man! When it comes to pegging the BFEE, you're carrying more than your share of the load.
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 08:52 AM
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6. Way too flattering pic of that war-mongering buggar!!!
Should those who profit from arms-dealing and war-mongering be prohibited from running for any public office? I think so. I do!!! There is an overt, clear conflict of interest.

Woosley, ugh,...the guy wishing/wanting another world war. He is as freaky as "Prince of Darkness" Perle who held meetings to advise his corporate buddies how to best profit from the neoCON wars of aggression. These people are a disease,...a human disease.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 12:08 PM
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16. You're correct. Here's a better mug...
Brainiac's got the "Thinking Cap" on...



He IS friends of Perle going waaaaaaay back to the days of Scoop Jackson. But he's known for running around with-with-with John Bolton?

You Don't Have to be Jewish to Be a Neo-con: John Bolton and James Woolsey

By Richard H. Curtiss

John R. Bolton II, the Bush administration's under secretary of state for disarmament affairs and international security, may be one of a kind: he is one of the few goyim in his chosen world of Israel-firsters.

The neoconservative was foisted on Secretary of State Colin L. Powell allegedly to keep an eye on Powell for administration hard-liners. Bolton, however, who can be genial and even pleasant when he chooses, had a tough time getting Senate confirmation, especially from Democrats, but he slipped by with a final vote of 57-43.

EXCERPT...

R. James Woolsey may be one of the more unusual neoconservatives. A native of Oklahoma, he is the son of Robert Woolsey, a prominent lawyer and lifelong Democrat who was famous in his own right as a Civil War buff. James was born in Tulsa, where he attended public schools. He received a BA from Stanford University in 1963, an MA degree from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar from 1963-65, and an LLB Degree in 1968 from Yale Law School, where he was managing editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Woolsey's parents were conservative Democrats, but their son took some uncharacteristic detours. He served as a marshal in the civil rights organization Congress of Racial Equality, and launched a chapter of Citizens for Eugene McCarthy in hopes of halting Lyndon Johnson's presidency and the Vietnam War. During his tenure as CIA director he wrote, "I think I'm the only person in that job out there at Langley who was involved in both the civil rights movement and the antiwar movement."

CONTINUED...

http://www.washington-report.org/archives/October_2003/...

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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 08:53 AM
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7. War Profiteer Woolsey Furnished False Iraqi Intelligence
Edited on Sat May-21-05 09:13 AM by seemslikeadream
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0714-01.htm

Advocates of War Now Profit From Iraq's Reconstruction

Lobbyists, aides to senior officials and others encouraged invasion and now help firms pursue contracts. They see no conflict.

...

Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey is a prominent example of the phenomenon, mixing his business interests with what he contends are the country's strategic interests. He left the CIA in 1995, but he remains a senior government advisor on intelligence and national security issues, including Iraq. Meanwhile, he works for two private companies that do business in Iraq and is a partner in a company that invests in firms that provide security and anti-terrorism services.

Woolsey said in an interview that he was not directly involved with the companies' Iraq-related ventures. But as a vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton, a consulting firm, he was a featured speaker in May 2003 at a conference co-sponsored by the company at which about 80 corporate executives and others paid up to $1,100 to hear about the economic outlook and business opportunities in Iraq.

Before the war, Woolsey was a founding member of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, an organization set up in 2002 at the request of the White House to help build public backing for war in Iraq. He also wrote about a need for regime change and sat on the CIA advisory board and the Defense Policy Board, whose unpaid members have provided advice on Iraq and other matters to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.

Woolsey is part of a small group that shows with unusual clarity the interlocking nature of the way the insider system can work. Moving in the same social circles, often sitting together on government panels and working with like-minded think tanks and advocacy groups, they wrote letters to the White House urging military action in Iraq, formed organizations that pressed for invasion and pushed legislation that authorized aid to exile groups.

http://www.kentucky.com/mld/heraldleader/news/legislatu...

Ex-CIA chief's role in faulty intel detailed

BROKERED UNRELIABLE INFORMATION

By Jonathan S. Landay And Warren P. Strobel

KNIGHT RIDDER WASHINGTON BUREAU

WASHINGTON - A former CIA director who advocated war against Saddam Hussein helped arrange the debriefing of an Iraqi defector who falsely claimed that Iraq had biological-warfare laboratories disguised as yogurt and milk trucks.

R. James Woolsey's role as a go-between was detailed in a classified Defense Department report chronicling how the defector's assertion came to be included in the Bush administration's case for war even after the defector was determined to be a fabricator. A senior U.S. official summarized portions of the report for Knight Ridder on condition of anonymity because it's top secret.

Woolsey's previously undisclosed role in the case of Maj. Mohammad Harith casts new light on how prominent invasion advocates outside the government used their ties to senior officials in the Bush administration to help make the case for war. There's no indication Woolsey was aware Harith's information was unreliable. The report said that on Feb. 11, 2002, Woolsey telephoned Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Linton Wells about the defector and told him how to contact the man, who had been produced by an Iraqi exile group eager to oust Hussein. Wells said he passed the information to the Defense Intelligence Agency.

By using his Pentagon contacts, Woolsey provided a direct pipeline for Harith's information that bypassed the CIA, which for years had been highly distrustful of the exile group that produced Harith. The Senate Intelligence Committee didn't address that issue last week in its 511-page report on Iraq intelligence.



here's the latest meme: Iran/Iraq. makes no difference
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...


PNAC Woolsey advocates World War IV right here:

America's New War: Should Iraq be Next?
By R. James Woolsey

POINT: Europe delayed confronting Hitler until he was strong. We shouldn't wait to stop Saddam.

For his part, Saddam only needs time to add nuclear and longer-range missile capabilities to his current arsenal of chemical and bacteriological weapons, and short-range missiles. He will then be able to deter coalitions from forming against him, to dominate his corner of the world, and to make it far less likely that we will be able to interrupt his rule and his dynasty. Terrorist attacks on us serve these ends if they help keep us away from him.

The case for removing Saddam only becomes stronger with the passage of time. First, there is no reasonable debate about the proposition that he has chemical and bacteriological weapons and short-range ballistic missiles. In the May issue of Vanity Fair, for example, writer David Rose debriefs an Iraqi defector who chronicles the locations of their production in Iraq -- including the use of mobile laboratories for making bacteriological agents. Rose also revealed Iraqi work on ballistic missiles of increasingly longer range that will soon be capable of reaching Europe. The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control, a nonprofit organization, has published details about the four tons of VX nerve gas and the several hundred tons of other chemical agents Iraq possesses. In addition to hiding many tons of growth media for biological agents and pursuing its work on smallpox and anthrax, Iraq is the only nation in the world to have weaponized aflatoxin, whose primary purpose is to cause liver cancer in children.

But Iraq is just the next battle in a war that will take a number of years, quite possibly decades. Given the three major movements in the Middle East which are, in essence, at war with us, we will not have peace until we defeat them and win this fourth world war. To win it, we must decide that we are fighting it in no small part to bring freedom and democracy to those whom we want to have as friends and allies: the people of the Arab and Muslim worlds
http://www.ndol.org/ndol_ci.cfm?cp=2&kaid=124&subid=307...


Woolsey, responding to questions from Jim Lehrer regarding George Tenet:

R. JAMES WOOLSEY, Former CIA Director: I think he has the personal integrity to call it straight, to be the skunk at the garden party in a sense, the director of Central Intelligence often has to be.

R. JAMES WOOLSEY: Well, Ive known him since he was staff director as well, and I worked very close with him in the two years I was DCI when he was the chief intelligence staffer for the National Security Council. And Ive kept up with him over the course of the last several years while hes been--two years while hes been out at Langley. I think George also has--he has an excellent sense of humor, and he has--

R. JAMES WOOLSEY: Because often the intelligence doesnt comport with what the policy makers would like for it to say. You are always telling people when youre director of Central Intelligence things that they dont want to hear. I think George has the integrity to do that. Sometimes its good news, but often its not.

R. JAMES WOOLSEY: Thats right. And I think that shows a certain deft capacity for deception which really suits him very well for the job.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/fedagencies/march97/cia_...


By Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Strobel
Knight Ridder Newspapers

WASHINGTON - A former CIA director who advocated war against Saddam Hussein helped arrange the debriefing of an Iraqi defector who falsely claimed that Iraq had biological-warfare laboratories disguised as yogurt and milk trucks.

R. James Woolsey's role as a go-between was detailed in a classified Defense Department report chronicling how the defector's assertion came to be included in the Bush administration's case for war even after the defector was determined to be a fabricator.

A senior U.S. official summarized portions of the report for Knight Ridder on condition of anonymity because it's top secret. The report said that on Feb. 11, 2002, Woolsey telephoned Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Linton Wells about the defector and told him how to contact the man, who'd been produced by an Iraqi exile group eager to oust Saddam. Wells said he passed the information to the Defense Intelligence Agency.


http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/9165361.htm


YES THANKS 9215 WHEREVER YOU ARE

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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 07:40 PM
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18. Woolsey is a War Profiteer.
Doesn't he have anything better to do than count money?



Bush ally set to profit from the war on terror

Antony Barnett and Solomon Hughes
Sunday May 11, 2003
The Observer

James Woolsey, former CIA boss and influential adviser to President George Bush, is a director of a US firm aiming to make millions of dollars from the 'war on terror', The Observer can reveal.

Woolsey, one of the most high-profile hawks in the war against Iraq and a key member of the Pentagon's Defence Policy Board, is a director of the Washington-based private equity firm Paladin Capital. The company was set up three months after the terrorist attacks on New York and sees the events and aftermath of September 11 as a business opportunity which 'offer(s) substantial promise for homeland security investment'.

The first priority of Paladin was 'to invest in companies with immediate solutions designed to prevent harmful attacks, defend against attacks, cope with the aftermath of attack or disaster and recover from terrorist attacks and other threats to homeland security'.

Paladin, which is expected to have raised $300 million from investors by the end of this year, calculates that in the next few years the US government will spend $60 billion on anti-terrorism that would not have been spent before September 11, and that corporations will spend twice that amount to ensure their security and continuity in case of attack.

SNIP...

More recently Woolsey told CNN about Saddam's attempts to produce a genetically modified strain of anthrax. He told the US broadcaster: 'I would be more worried over the mid to long term about biological weapons, because the chemical gear, we're - I think we're pretty well equipped to deal with. But there have been stories that Saddam has been working on genetically modifying some of these biological agents, making anthrax resistant to vaccines or antibiotics.'

CONTINUED...

http://www.casi.org.uk/discuss/2003/msg02462.html



Some find new things to do with their spare time and thus "make war not love."



Let's take, for now, just one of these figures, former CIA director and neocon R. James Woolsey, a signatory of fervent neocon letters as far back as 1998 pushing the Clinton administration and the Republican leadership in Congress for instant regime change in Iraq.

Walter F. Roche Jr. and Ken Silverstein of the Los Angeles Times (7/14/04) describe Woolsey, a member of the Defense Policy Board, a key group of advisors to Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, as, "a founding member of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, an organization set up in 2002 at the request of the White House to help build public backing for war in Iraq... Soon after the Sept. 11 attacks, he wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal saying a foreign state had aided Al Qaeda in preparing the strikes. He named Iraq as the leading suspect. In October 2001, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul D. Wolfowitz sent Woolsey to London, where he hunted for evidence linking Hussein to the attacks..."

Just as the invasion of Iraq began, he publicly ratcheted up the administration's global rhetoric by declaring that we were actually involved in "World War IV"; and, as of this week, thanks to Knight Ridder's Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Stroebel, we know a good deal more about just how crucial Woolsey's role in the war-to-come actually was. They tell us that he

"helped arrange the debriefing of an Iraqi defector who falsely claimed that Iraq had biological-warfare laboratories disguised as yogurt and milk trucks. R. James Woolsey's role as a go-between was detailed in a classified Defense Department report chronicling how the defector's assertion came to be included in the Bush administration's case for war even after the defector was determined to be a fabricator. A senior U.S. official summarized portions of the report for Knight Ridder on condition of anonymity because it's top secret... Woolsey's previously undisclosed role in the case of Maj. Mohammad Harith casts new light on how prominent invasion advocates outside the government used their ties to senior officials in the Bush administration to help make the case for war."

Roche and Silverstein of the LA Times comment:

"Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey is a prominent example of the phenomenon, mixing his business interests with what he contends are the country's strategic interests. He... works for two private companies that do business in Iraq and is a partner in a company that invests in firms that provide security and anti-terrorism services...In an interview, Woolsey said he saw no conflict between advocating for the war and subsequently advising companies on business in Iraq."

CONTINUED...

http://www.zmag.org/content/print_article.cfm?itemID=59... ionID=40



Then again, it's who you know, not what you know.



Former CIA director used Pentagon ties to introduce Iraqi defector

By Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Strobel
Knight Ridder Newspapers

WASHINGTON - A former CIA director who advocated war against Saddam Hussein helped arrange the debriefing of an Iraqi defector who falsely claimed that Iraq had biological-warfare laboratories disguised as yogurt and milk trucks.

R. James Woolsey's role as a go-between was detailed in a classified Defense Department report chronicling how the defector's assertion came to be included in the Bush administration's case for war even after the defector was determined to be a fabricator.

A senior U.S. official summarized portions of the report for Knight Ridder on condition of anonymity because it's top secret. The report said that on Feb. 11, 2002, Woolsey telephoned Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Linton Wells about the defector and told him how to contact the man, who'd been produced by an Iraqi exile group eager to oust Saddam. Wells said he passed the information to the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Woolsey's previously undisclosed role in the case of Maj. Mohammad Harith casts new light on how prominent invasion advocates outside the government used their ties to senior officials in the Bush administration to help make the case for war.

There's no indication that Woolsey was aware that Harith's information was unreliable.

CONTINUED...

http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/9165361.htm



Nice people, that BFEE.



Card cheats, I bet.
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KlatooBNikto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 09:37 AM
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8. Is it possible that they unleashed their terror attack dogs from Saudi
Edited on Sat May-21-05 09:38 AM by KlatooBNikto
Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan wherever with the active connivance and collusion of the Bush gang that brought down the WTC Towers? I wouldn't be surprised if that is what happened. Imagine a world in which everything we are fed by the mainstraem newspapers is BS and there is active collusion behind the scenes between US, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia in waging wars against common peoples in all the countries.We are left with our hatreds and prejudices that lead to deaths and wars, while these perps get rich off our own failings.

I am sure there is something in the Bible or Shakespeare for these kinds of perfidies but at the moment I cannot put my finger on it.
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 11:26 AM
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15. They can't achieve the global domination they seek w/o active collusion,..
Edited on Sat May-21-05 11:27 AM by Just Me
,...behind the scenes. Common sense dictates what would characterize those conspirators: corporateers in energy, arms, infrastructure and finance.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 08:26 PM
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20. That world doesn't require total media mastery.
What's needed are top priorities and taboo topics.

The rest, as they say, would be history.



On the day President Kennedy was murdered, this official FBI memo establishes George Poppy Bush was in DALLAS finking out some shlub for the assassination.
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oasis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 10:40 PM
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21. Kick for the midnighters.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 11:16 PM
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22. Thanks, oasis! Hey! Speaking of oil shortages...
...Guess who's coming to speak at the inaugural Asia-Pacific Homeland Security Summit & Exposition dinner?

Does APEC mean "Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation"?



Plenary Session 2

Speaker: Mr. R. James Woolsey, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Topic: World War IV

It's about terrorism and SARS and WMDs and stuff. Very idealistic. Chevron bloke gave a nice talk, too:

Speaker: Mr. Earl Nishikawa, Fire Chief & Facility Security Coordinator, Chevron Texaco Products Company, Hawaii Refinery (Read Biography)

Topic: Translating Threat Assessments into Strategies - Chevron


View Slides

SOURCE:

http://hlssummit.hawaii.gov/content/aboutthesummit/secu...



Protecting your stuff, I imagine. Either that, or calling Halliburton and the Marines.



Fighting the War on Petroleum

From today's Post we see that conservatives and environmental groups are looking at a NASA-style program to become independent of foreign oil: (Washington Post)

A who's who of right-leaning military hawks -- including former CIA director R. James Woolsey and Iraq war advocate Frank J. Gaffney Jr. -- has joined with environmental advocates such as the Natural Resources Defense Council to lobby Congress to spend $12 billion to cut oil use in half by 2025. The alliance highlights how popular sentiment is turning against the no-worries gas-guzzling culture of the past decade and how alternative technologies such as gas-electric hybrids are finding increasingly widespread support.

"I think there are a number of things converging," said Gary L. Bauer, a former Republican presidential candidate and former head of the Family Research Council who has signed on to a strange-bedfellows coalition of conservatives and environmentalists called Set America Free. "I just think reasonable people are more inclined right now to start thinking about ways our country's future isn't dependent on . . . oil from a region where there are a lot of very bad actors."

It's a pity that Gary Bauer wasn't paying attention during the November election; that was a plank in the Kerry campaign. The important thing is that a number of the heavy hitters are on board, not to mention GM and the UAW. We could easily lose the hybrid market to Japan, the Prius being the early favorite in that market.

So that's great, but here's what I'm not seeing. A sure fire way to reduce our consumption of oil: use less. This is really the most obvious solution. If president bush went on the teevee and said something like:

"It's our duty as Americans to conserve fuel. Just as the generation who grew up during World War II learned how to do with less so that we could win that war, so must we now be most careful with our precious natural resources. (Insert your favorite buzz phrase about our pretend war on terrorism here) I urge you to car pool, take mass transit, bike to work, or work from home. We will become more self-reliant, and in the process set an example for the rest of the world. Message: I care."

SOURCE:

http://www.althippo.com/2005_03_27_althippo_archive.htm...



Image

A few shipmates on the SS Trireme, a most oily vessel.

Funny. I don't see Adnan Khashoggi's picture aboard the USS PNAC?



LUNCH WITH THE CHAIRMAN

Why was Richard Perle meeting with Adnan Khashoggi?


by SEYMOUR M. HERSH
The New Yorker
Issue of 2003-03-17
Posted 2003-03-10

At the peak of his deal-making activities, in the nineteen-seventies, the Saudi-born businessman Adnan Khashoggi brokered billions of dollars in arms and aircraft sales for the Saudi royal family, earning hundreds of millions in commissions and fees. Though never convicted of wrongdoing, he was repeatedly involved in disputes with federal prosecutors and with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in recent years he has been in litigation in Thailand and Los Angeles, among other places, concerning allegations of stock manipulation and fraud. During the Reagan Administration, Khashoggi was one of the middlemen between Oliver North, in the White House, and the mullahs in Iran in what became known as the Iran-Contra scandal. Khashoggi subsequently claimed that he lost ten million dollars that he had put up to obtain embargoed weapons for Iran which were to be bartered (with Presidential approval) for American hostages. The scandals of those times seemed to feed off each other: a congressional investigation revealed that Khashoggi had borrowed much of the money for the weapons from the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (B.C.C.I.), whose collapse, in 1991, defrauded thousands of depositors and led to years of inquiry and litigation.

Khashoggi is still brokering. In January of this year, he arranged a private lunch, in France, to bring together Harb Saleh al-Zuhair, a Saudi industrialist whose family fortune includes extensive holdings in construction, electronics, and engineering companies throughout the Middle East, and Richard N. Perle, the chairman of the Defense Policy Board, who is one of the most outspoken and influential American advocates of war with Iraq.

The Defense Policy Board is a Defense Department advisory group composed primarily of highly respected former government officials, retired military officers, and academics. Its members, who serve without pay, include former national-security advisers, Secretaries of Defense, and heads of the C.I.A. The board meets several times a year at the Pentagon to review and assess the countrys strategic defense policies.

Perle is also a managing partner in a venture-capital company called Trireme Partners L.P., which was registered in November, 2001, in Delaware. Triremes main business, according to a two-page letter that one of its representatives sent to Khashoggi last November, is to invest in companies dealing in technology, goods, and services that are of value to homeland security and defense. The letter argued that the fear of terrorism would increase the demand for such products in Europe and in countries like Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

The letter mentioned the firms government connections prominently: Three of Triremes Management Group members currently advise the U.S. Secretary of Defense by serving on the U.S. Defense Policy Board, and one of Triremes principals, Richard Perle, is chairman of that Board. The two other policy-board members associated with Trireme are Henry Kissinger, the former Secretary of State (who is, in fact, only a member of Triremes advisory group and is not involved in its management), and Gerald Hillman, an investor and a close business associate of Perles who handles matters in Triremes New York office. The letter said that forty-five million dollars had already been raised, including twenty million dollars from Boeing; the purpose, clearly, was to attract more investors, such as Khashoggi and Zuhair.

CONTINUED...

http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?030317fa_fact



Thanks, oasis!
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 11:37 PM
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23. Khashoggi Khashoggi Khashoggi Khashoggi Khashoggi Khashoggi


Time Magazine - January 19 1987
Those Shadowy Arms Traders
Adnan Khashoggi's High Life and Flashy Deals

9-11 Inquiry: Adnan Khashoggi-John Gray Connection

by URI DOWBENKO

The Phony 9/11 Inquiry in Toronto, Canada (not to be confused with the "Official" 9-11 Commission headed by Big Oil shill Thomas Kean in the United States) was financed by notorious arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi of Iran Contra and BCCI fame, according to Daniel Hopsicker, author of "Barry and the Boys."

Khashoggi's straw was none other than John Gray, author of the "Men are from Venus; Women are from Mars" book series.

According to Hopsicker, "Saudi Arabian billionaire arms peddler Adnan Khashoggi was recently discovered to have been behind dubious funding of the Toronto '9/11 inquiry.' His donation was washed through one of his employees, author John Gray (Men are from Venus; Women are from Mars)."

"Khashoggis involvement in the International 9/11 Inquiry was discovered through the efforts of two of the most-respected researchers in attendance, Canadian economist Michel Chossudovsky and German author Mathias Broeckers," Hopsicker continues.

"'That a conference of investigators probing to learn the truth about the 9/11 attack could be funded by the very people supposedly being investigated came to me as quite a surprise,' Broeckers told us.

CONTINUED...

http://www.parapolitics.info/phorum/read.php?f=31&i=584...

He's a very busy man.
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Binka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-22-05 06:10 AM
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28. Teresa LaPore Of Florida Election Fame
Was a private stew for Khashoggi in the 80's. Poppy gave Khashoggi the rights to a million dollar gold mine in Canada for pennies around the same time. These fuckers are parasites on sleazy filthy lucre.

BTW I've met James Woolsey he played golf with my father at Fountaingrove in Santa Rosa CA. Both disgusting men. Yes I do mean my father and Woolsey. Barf Bag human beings.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-22-05 01:27 PM
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29. Six Degrees of Adnan Khashoggi
Slate pegged Adnan, big.



Did Adnan Khashoggi Throw the Election to Dubya?

Timothy Noah
Posted Monday, Dec. 4, 2000, at 2:56 PM PT

On Dec. 1, the "Washington Wire" column in the Wall Street Journal published this gratifyingly noir item about the postelection drama in Florida:

"Madame Butterfly" Theresa LePore wasn't always an embattled Palm Beach ballots chief. In the 1980s, she moonlighted as a flight attendant on private planes owned by Saudi weapons dealer Adnan Khashoggi, a middleman in Reagan administration arms sales to Iran.

Connoisseurs of Khashoggi-centric conspiracy theories should have little difficulty using this information to finger Khashoggi as the mastermind of the plot to deny Al Gore the presidency. Khashoggi has close ties, from Iran-Contra and elsewhere, to the Republicans, and vaguely defined ties to Dubya's father. (In a 1990 court case, Khashoggi's phone records revealed that Khashoggi had spoken at least twice with George Bush's vice-presidential office during 1985 and 1986.) LePore worked for Khashoggi during the 1980s, when, according to her official biography, she was chief deputy supervisor of elections in Palm Beach County, a job she held until 1996, when she was elected supervisor of elections. Ergo, LePore has been working as a Khashoggi asset to elect the son of Khashoggi's old comrade-in-arms, George Bush!

Chatterbox doesn't actually believe this, of course. But the Journal's tidbit does provide an occasion to play one of Chatterbox's favorite games, "Six Degrees of Adnan Khashoggi," in which the shadowy international arms merchant is connected to every scandal of the past 40 years and some that occurred even earlier. (It helps that Khashoggi is a "connector," to borrow a term from Malcolm Gladwell's book, The Tipping Point. Click here for Gladwell's explanation of how connectors rule the universe, and click here to read Chatterbox's favorable review of The Tipping Point in the Washington Monthly. See also Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball's classic 1987 New Republic article, "The Swami of Iranamok," which describes the connector role played by Khashoggi's spiritual adviser, Shri Chandra Swamiji Maharaj.) "Six Degrees of Adnan Khashoggi" is a slightly misleading name for this parlor game because in Khashoggi's case, it's rarely more than one or two degrees. Allow Chatterbox to demonstrate:

Iran-Contra. Khashoggi brought Manucher Ghorbanifar, Iranian arms buyer, into contact with the arms-selling Israelis. Khashoggi himself provided crucial bridge loans and lost somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 million in the whole affair.

Imelda Marcos' Shoe Collection. In 1990, Khashoggi was tried, and acquitted, on charges that he helped the Marcoses conceal ownership of four buildings in New York.

Wedtech. Remember e.bob wallach, the crony of Ed Meese who, maddeningly, spelled his name in lowercase letters? wallach was an adviser to Wedtech Corp., a now-defunct Bronx-based minority contractor to the Pentagon. In that capacity, he tried to get Khashoggi onto Wedtech's board. Khashoggi never joined Wedtech's board. wallach was eventually convicted of defrauding Wedtech.

BCCI. The most complicated bank scandal in human history. Khashoggi had a big account with BCCI's Monte Carlo branch.

CONTINUED...

http://slate.msn.com/id/1006609 /



PS: Sorry to hear about your dad and Woolsey. It shows how complicated the connections in this world are. Most people go through and think they are doing the correct things. I sincerely hope you and your dad can work things out, Binka.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-21-05 11:40 PM
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24. Bravo! This guy needs to visit the Hague along with all
the other war criminals. :thumbsup:
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-22-05 12:18 AM
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25. There are a whole LOT of them, sfexpat2000! Many of whom are PNACers.
Perle Resigns, But the Looting Continues

The Goods on Perle


By DAVID KRIEGER
March 29, 2003

Richard Perle has resigned as chairman of the Pentagon Defense Policy Board, a group of influential advisors of Defense Secretary Rumsfeld. Perle has been embroiled in a controversy over accepting money from a US corporation, Global Crossing, which sought Perle's help in obtaining Defense Department approval of the sale of the company to Asian investors. Perle would reportedly receive $725,000 for his "work," with $600,000 contingent upon him delivering the "goods."

Perle wrote in his resignation letter to Secretary Rumsfeld, "I have seen controversies like that before and I know that this one will inevitably distract from the urgent challenge in which you are now engaged." Denying any wrongdoing (what's wrong with being on the Defense Policy Board and lobbying for corporate clients?), Perle emphasized that he did "not wish to cause even a moment's distraction" from the US war against Iraq.

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh recently published an article in the New Yorker suggesting that Perle had been inappropriately mixing business with pleasure when he had lunch in Marseilles in January with notorious arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi and a Saudi industrialist, Harb Saleh Zuhair. Perle found the report to be "monstrous."

Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, who is allowing Perle to remain a member of the Defense Policy Board (just not its chairman), had nothing but praise for Perle. "He has been an excellent chairman," Rumsfeld said, "and has led the Defense Policy Board during an important time in our history." Since Perle assumed the role of chairman in July 2001, Rumsfeld's "important time" presumably refers to US efforts to fight against terrorism and its wars against Afghanistan and Iraq.

SNIP...

The Wall Street Journal reported in a March 27, 2003 article that other members of the Defense Policy Board may also have financial conflicts related to their business interests and policy advice to the government. Among those named in the article were former CIA Director James Woolsey, retired Admiral David Jeremiah, and retired Air Force General Ronald Fogelman.

CONTINUED...

http://www.counterpunch.org/krieger03292003.html

Most importantly: Truth is the weapon that will get these turds out of office and behind bars where they belong. Thanks, SF!
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-22-05 12:31 AM
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26. You're so right. I can't even look at Perle. Thanks for keeping
this in front of us. We need to keep knowing it.

:)
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oasis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-22-05 05:00 PM
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32. Bush war criminals are adept at protecting each other. They'll likely
all end up rich and fat like Henry Kissinger. :-(
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-22-05 05:56 PM
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34. You may be right. On the other hand, we're a lot more organized
now and on to them than we seemed to be when Kissinger was committing his crimes. I sort of remember we were all focused on Nixon -- another American lone gunner meme.

Not this time. Watch. :)
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oasis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-22-05 05:00 AM
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27. kick
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-22-05 01:39 PM
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30. Laurie Mylroi and James Woolsey have a "thing."
... about facts and Saddam that goes from way before 9-11. They wanted to pin the 1993 WTC bombing on Saddam. If I didn't know better, I'd wonder why they so want to get rid of the guy their bosses helped arm.



Osama, Saddam, and the Bombs

By David Plotz
Posted Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, at 5:30 PM PT

EXCERPT...

The key to Mylroie's theory is her contention that Ramzi Yousef is not who the U.S. government says he is. In the World Trade Center trials, prosecutors suggested that Yousef was probably Abdul Basit, a Kuwaiti of Pakistani origin who had been radicalized as a student before coming to America to plan the bombing. Yousef traveled on Basit's Pakistani passport when he fled the United States after the bombing.

Mylroie, after digging through very complicated passport and phone records, argues that Yousef is not Abdul Basit at all. Instead, she says, Yousef probably assumed Basit's identity, and Basit's passport and other papers were doctored to fit Yousef's history. (Yousef's fingerprints seem to have been inserted into Kuwaiti records, for example.) Why does this suggest Yousef is an Iraqi agent? Because, according to Mylroie, Basit's records were tampered with during the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait, and the Basit family seems to have disappeared during the occupation. Mylroie and Woolsey speculate that Iraq, having trained agent Ramzi Yousef, searched Kuwaiti records to find someone who looked like Yousef. When Iraqi officials found that person, Abdul Basit, they made him and his family disappear, then altered his records in order to establish a credible fake identity for Yousef. But it was not a perfect match. Mylroie details apparent discrepancies between Basit and Yousef. Among the most telling ones: Yousef is apparently several inches taller than Basit was and probably significantly older.

Mylroie and Woolsey are urging the United States to test the theory by checking Ramzi Yousef's fingerprints against fingerprints of Abdul Basit's that may be available in England (where he was a student). They would also like to bring old friends of Abdul Basit's to visit Yousef in prison and confirm his identity.

Mylroie presents other evidence to buttress her theory. When Yousef fled the United States, he made his way to Baluchistan, a wild area divided among Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran that is home to several million ethnic Baluch. The Baluch, long at odds with Iran's leadership, have extremely close ties to the Iraqi government. Another clue: The World Trade Center bombing occurred on the anniversary of the Gulf War cease-fire. And, finally, the only bombing conspirator who hasn't been caught, Abdul Rahman Yasin, seems to be living comfortably in Baghdad. (Why did the United States overlook the evidence Mylroie cites? Click here for her explanation.)

Study of Revenge does not stop at the 1993 bombing. Mylroie also tries to link Hussein to the 1998 Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. Her evidence for this is much sketchier. The bombings occurred at a time convenient for Iraq. Hussein's rhetoric was extremely inflammatory right before the bombings. And Hussein and Bin Ladenwho was directly responsible for those bombingsshare close ties with Sudanese intelligence and thus may have collaborated.

CONTINUED...

http://slate.msn.com/id/116232



Unfortunately, the passage of time has revealed nothing to support their theory.



Laurie Mylroie

From SourceWatch

Mylroie is an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank often identified with leading neocons.

David Corn wrote that "what Mylroie says matters" because "she has influential admirers," most notably Richard Perle and R. James Woolsey, Jr..

Mylroie was adviser on Iraq to the 1992 Clinton campaign.

Mylroie is the author of Study of Revenge: Saddam Hussein's Unfinished War Against America, a book published by the American Enterprise Institute in 2000. It pushes her theory that Iraq was behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

According to writer Peter Bergen, Mylroie's theory was the basis for "the belief that Saddam posed an imminent threat to the United States," which "amounted to a theological conviction within the administration, a conviction successfully sold to the American public."

According to Bergen, "Mylroie and the neocon hawks worked hand in glove to push her theory that Iraq was behind the '93 Trade Center bombing. Its acknowledgements fulsomely thanked John R. Bolton and the staff of AEI for their assistance, while Richard Perle glowingly blurbed the book as 'splendid and wholly convincing.' I. Lewis Libby, now Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, is thanked for his 'generous and timely assistance.' Others who merit expressions of gratitude in Myleroie's acknowledgements are Cheney's foreign-policy advisors John Hannah and David Wurmser as well as Francis Brooke, a principal Washington lobbyist for the Iraqi National Congress.<1> (http://msnbc.msn.com/id/4799686 /)

And it appears that Paul Wolfowitz himself was instrumental in the genesis of Study of Revenge: His then-wife is credited with having 'fundamentally shaped the book,' while of Wolfowitz, she says: 'At critical times, he provided crucial support for a project that is inherently difficult.'"

Bergen comments, "Mylroie became enamored of her theory that Saddam was the mastermind of a vast anti-U.S. terrorist conspiracy in the face of virtually all evidence and expert opinion to the contrary. In what amounts to the discovery of a unified field theory of terrorism, Mylroie believes that Saddam was not only behind the '93 Trade Center attack, but also every anti-American terrorist incident of the past decade, from the bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania to the leveling of the federal building in Oklahoma City to September 11 itself. She is, in short, a crackpot, which would not be significant if she were merely advising say, Lyndon LaRouche. But her neocon friends who went on to run the war in Iraq believed her theories, bringing her on as a consultant at the Pentagon, and they seem to continue to entertain her eccentric belief that Saddam is the fount of the entire shadow war against America." <2> (http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2003/0312.ber... )

CONTINUED with lots o' links:

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Laurie_Mylro...



Thanks, oasis! Those who give a damn about their country would say so, too, if they only knew the peril the BFEE represent to the nation, the Constitution and the future of humanity.
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oasis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-22-05 02:50 PM
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31. If you look in the dictionary under "whacko" you'll find Mylroie's picture
Edited on Sun May-22-05 02:57 PM by oasis
Each time I've seen her on the tube she comes off as an extreme nutcase. I remember a C-SPAN caller accuse her of being drunk because of her eratic behavior on an interview (her eyes seemed to be spinning in every direction.)

Laurie seems to have adequate knowledge in her field of expertise but she has no scrupples when comes to playing fast and loose with the truth. That is the one constant I've noticed about her in her t.v. appearances.

Your research is very much appreciated here Octafish. :thumbsup:
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-22-05 06:08 PM
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35. I think I found a couple of pictures of those two Octafish


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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-22-05 08:55 PM
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37. Is that Tom "Frank Lloyd Federalist" Monaghan and Britney Spores?


I know the movie: "Pod People." Right?

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Jara sang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-22-05 05:47 PM
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33. Hey Octafish, don't leave out Suzanne!
Edited on Sun May-22-05 05:49 PM by Jara sang
Thanks for the post Oxctafish, it seems 'ole Suzanna Woolsey has got her nose in the shit as well:

reconstruction deals: Not covered by conflict of interest laws or ethics rules

Suzanne H. Woolsey is a trustee of a little-known defense consulting group that had inside access to senior Pentagon leaders directing the Iraq war. Last January, she joined the board of California-based Fluor Corp.

Soon afterward, Fluor and a joint venture partner won about $1.6 billion in Iraq reconstruction contracts.

Her husband, former CIA Director R. James Woolsey, a leading advocate for the war, is serving as a government policy advisor. He too works for a firm with war-related interests.

The Woolseys' overlapping affiliations are part of a growing pattern in Washington in which individuals play key roles in quasi-governmental organizations advising officials on major policy issues but also are involved with private businesses in related fields. Private, public roles overlap in Washington


http://www.warcrimes.org.uk/captain/murder_inc/corporat...

HINGTON -- Suzanne H. Woolsey is a trustee of a little-known arms consulting group that had access to senior Pentagon leaders directing the Iraq war. In January, she joined the board of Fluor Corp.

Soon afterward, Fluor and a joint-venture partner won about $1.6 billion in reconstruction contracts in Iraq.

Woolsey's husband, the former CIA director, R. James Woolsey, a leading advocate for the war, also serves as a government policy adviser. He, too, works for a company with war-related interests


http://www.commondreams.org/cgi-bin/print.cgi?file=/hea...

http://www.w3ar.com/a.php?k=674



Looks like she came from Alabama with more than just a banjo, she came with a mile long list of Pentagon connections!

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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-22-05 08:47 PM
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36. Mom & Pop War Profiteering Team - The Woolseys
Thanks for the heads-up on the interesting proclivities of what once seemed a "liberal" couple. Fascinating transformation, what?



R. James Woolsey

EXCERPT...

His wife, Susan Haley Woolsey, worked with him on both of these causes. She holds a BA with honors from Stanford in history and psychology, and an MA and Ph.D. from Harvard in clinical and social psychology. The couple has three sons, including a pair of twins. (Coincidentally, all sons happened to be in New York City when the twin towers came down. One was entering a tower when a fireman warned everyone to evacuate. The son was saved but he was never able to learn whether the fireman was also saved.)

While students at Stanford, both Susan and James were deeply influenced by assistant dean Al Lowenstein. The three remained close friends until Lowenstein's murder in 1980. That friendship may explain the origin of Woolsey's increasingly neoconservative leanings.

SOURCE:

http://www.washington-report.org/archives/October_2003/...



That passage, from "You Don't Have to be Jewish to Be a Neo-con: John Bolton and James Woolsey," convinced me that Woolsey may be a BFEE tool, but he's not the evil BFEE mastermind.



Mom & Pop War Profiteering Team - The Woolseys

By: Evelyn Pringle
November 07, 2004

The Defense Policy Board (DPB) is a hand-picked group of 30 people that advises Bush administration officials on matters such as whether and when to go to war, or not. The current group was selected by Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Douglas Feith, and approved by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Everyone who is anyone in the arms and defense industry knows that palling up to DPB members is the ticket to getting a Pentagon contract.

Shortly after the war in Iraq began, the April 10, 2003 New York Times pointed out that several board members stood to benefit financially from the war. It reported that the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) documented that 9 of the members were "linked to companies that have won more than $76 billion in defense contracts in 2001 and 2002."

Promote War & Garner Positions For Profits

One of the members mentioned who stood to profit was R. James Woolsey. In addition to being a member of the DPB, Woolsey also sits on Navy and CIA advisory boards; and he is also a founding member of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq (CLI), a private group that was specifically set up by Bush in 2002, to find ways to increase public support for a war against Iraq.

Let me say right here and now that I think bold lines are crossed when people like Woolsey, who promote a specific war, financially benefit from their successful promotion. There should be a law that requires a standard recusal from all war profits by any policy advisor who advocates sending our young men and women off to die in that same war.

And I don't know about anybody else, but I've never heard of our government forming a group of promoters to rally support for a war before. I dare anyone to try and convince me that this war profiteering scheme wasn't well planned and managed from the get-go.

CONTINUED...

http://www.independent-media.tv/item.cfm?fmedia_id=9723...



The ends don't justify the means, unless you're BFEE.



Bomb and Switch

By Maureen Dowd

EXCERPT...

Brits may be more upset with Mr. Blair than Americans are with Mr. Bush because they have the quaint idea that even if you think war was a good idea, you should level with the public about your objectives.

The Bush crowd practiced bait and switch, leaving many Americans with the impression that Saddam was involved in 9/11.

When James Woolsey, the former C.I.A. director and current Pentagon adviser, appeared on "Nightline" five days after 9/11 and suggested that America had to strike Iraq for sponsoring terrorism, Ted Koppel rebutted: "Nobody right now is suggesting that Iraq had anything to do with this. In fact, quite the contrary."

Mr. Woolsey replied: "I don't think it matters. I don't think it matters." The Republicans will have to follow the maxim of Robert Moses, the autocratic New York builder who never let public opinion get in the way of his bulldozing: "If the ends don't justify the means, what does?"

SOURCE:

http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0604-10.htm

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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 03:25 PM
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38. The deep politics of regime removal in Iraq:
Edited on Mon May-23-05 03:30 PM by seemslikeadream
James Woolsey: Iraqi Opposition Agent

Former CIA Director Woolsey is another important Nitze disciple, member of the Defense Policy Board, SAIS board member and Perle-Wolfowitz colleague. Nitze hired Woolsey for the SALT I negotiating team during the Carter years. Woolsey served Perle as general counsel of the Senate Armed Services Committee. During the Reagan-Bush era, Woolsey worked with Brent Scowcroft's strategic forces commission and on other defense assignments.

Woolsey also sits on the board of such spy-military industrial companies as DynCorp, Martin Marietta, British Aerospace Inc, Fairchild Industries. Along with a number of US elites, he is deeply involved in Central Asian oil politics and sits on the US-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce.

Immediately after the September 11, 2001, attacks, Woolsey went to the media to blame the operation on Saddam Hussein. Woolsey flew to London in October 2001 with officials of the Defense and State Departments to gather evidence linking Hussein to 9/11.

At a July 24, 2002, Washington symposium hosted by the Institute of World Politics, Woolsey told the audience, "We are in a world war, we are in World War Four." He also declared that it had begun on 9/11, and he called for a pre-emptive strike against Iraqeven without a "smoking gun." In his speech, Woolsey declared that Saddam's "general support of terrorism" was enough justification.

Woolsey's anti-Saddam stance is no surprise, considering that he is a partner in the law firm of Shea & Gardner. Shea & Gardner is registered as a "foreign agent" for the Iraqi National Congress.

In 1998, Woolsey defended six INC-affiliated Iraqi resistance fighters whom the Clinton administration was trying to deport back to Iraq. Woolsey eventually negotiated a deal that domiciled five of the Iraqi agents in Nebraska. Woolsey was so incensed with the Clinton administration, and the intelligence community that had "spurned" him, that he bitterly called America "a fascist country."

Woolsey's intemperate "get Iraq" views continue to be featured prominently throughout the media. Salon.com published a typical offering, in which Woolsey connected 9/11 to the 1993 World Trade Center bombings and suggested that Ramsey Youssef was an Iraqi agent (not a member of Al Qaeda).
http://www.onlinejournal.com/Special_Reports/Chin110702...


Take a visit via the Net to the world of associations.


One more time, G_j


the reality is that it and other affiliated associations are the US government.

...

It is in and through such associations that US political, economic and military policy is made and the American public subsequently "educated" to support policies that are not, and could not, be debated in public because of their illegality, audacity, complexity and, arguably, necessity.

...

America Gives Birth to New EuroAsia

Now, before you yell, "Conspiracy," you might want to think Necessity and Stability, particularly in light of the opening to Central Asia, the Caucasus and the new Europe provided by 9-11. Pull up Net maps of Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Europe. Once you've done that, consider what political, economic and military activities (defined as US national interests) the United States has underway in those regions. It is no less than the development of a US-dominated New EuroAsia that includes the "Stans," Ukraine, Chechnya, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Belarus, Romania, Bulgaria, Czech, Croatia, and Poland. Crazy? Hardly, it is a brilliant gamble. There are many compelling reasons to create a New EuroAsia with the US with a controlling interest.

...

ACPC was founded in 1999 and is chaired by former National Security Advisor Zibigniew Brezinski, former Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig, Jr., and former Congressman Stephen J. Solarz. ACPC, according to its website, is composed of more than one hundred distinguished Americans representing both major political parties and nearly every walk of life.

And who are those 100 Americans? Well, to name a few, there's Geraldine Ferraro, former Democratic candidate for vice president; Frank Gaffney, CEO of the Center for Security Policy whose board members include Doug Feith, Gordon Sullivan, CEO of the Army Association of the USA, and Bob Livingston of the Livingston Group; Elliot Abrams and Mike Leeden. And who would have guessed that Richard Gere and PJ O'Rourke would be members of the ACPC?

And the story gets routine and boring as it moves on. The honorary chair of the American Georgia Business Council (AGBC) is James Baker III. Its members include ExxonMobil, Northrop Grumman and Ernst &Young. President of the AGBC is S. Enders Wimbush, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and former Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and Booz Allen Hamilton employee. A trustee of note on the Hudson Institute is Al Haig. The same connections, whether through individuals or organizations, can be found for Ukraine and Belarus, as well as Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Six Degrees of Zibigniew Brezinski

http://www.onlinejournal.com/Special_Reports/021805Stan...

There is so much information in this article


Whistlerblower Coming in Cold From The FBI

...

the article mentions a woman named Melek Can Dickerson, a Turkish woman married to a major in the U.S. Air Force. The woman told Edmonds that she couldn't believe America was monitoring people who were their chief "persons of interest" because Dickerson and her husband had done favors for them...shopping...

"Ms. Edmonds has told the Judiciary Committee that soon after, Ms. Dickerson tried to establish social ties with her, suggesting they meet in Alexandria and introduce their husbands to each other.

When Sibel invited the visitors in for tea, she said, Major Dickerson began asking Matthew Edmonds if the couple had many friends from Turkey here in the U.S. Mr. Edmonds said he didn't speak Turkish, so they didn't associate with many Turkish people. The Air Force officer then began talking up a Turkish organization in Washington that he described, according to the Edmondses, as "a great place to make connections and it could be very profitable."

Sibel was sickened. This organization was the very one she and Jan Dickerson were monitoring in a 9/11 investigation. Since Sibel had adhered to the rule that an F.B.I. employee does not discuss bureau matters with one's mate, her husband innocently continued the conversation. Ms. Dickerson and her husband offered to introduce the Edmondses to people connected to the Turkish embassy in Washington who belonged to this organization. ..."My husband keeps thinking he's talking about promoting business deals," Ms. Edmonds later said of the encounter. "He has no idea the man is talking about criminal activities with some semi-legitimate front."

These are classic "pitch activities" to get somebody to spy for you, according to a Judiciary Committee staffer who investigated Ms. Edmonds' claims. ...The targets of that F.B.I. investigation left the country abruptly in 2002. Later, Ms. Edmonds discovered that Ms. Dickerson had managed to get hold of translations meant for Ms. Edmonds, forge her signature, and render the communications useless."

more
http://www.gailsheehy.com/9_11/9_11_art1_21.html


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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-24-05 11:43 AM
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40. Hawks Plan 'Peaceful' Regime Change in Iran
The guy wants to "reconnect" with the Iranian people. Oops. I meant "certain, connected" Iranian people.





Hawks Plan 'Peaceful' Regime Change in Iran

WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (IPS) A heavy-weight group of mostly neo-conservative hawks has published a new proposal for Iran policy that relies heavily on peaceful strategies to achieve regime change, such as those used by Washington since the 1980s in Central and Eastern Europe, most recently in Serbia and Ukraine.

The group, the Committee on the Present Danger (CPD), targets Irans Supreme Authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the theocratic apparatus that supports him in the paper titled, Iran A New Approach, and assumes, Irans people ... are our allies.

They want to free themselves from Khameneis oppression and they want Iran to join the community of prosperous, peaceful democracies, it says, characterising its policy recommendations as a peaceful but forceful strategy to engage with the Iranian people to remove the threat and establish the strong relationship which is in both nations and the regions interests.

While reserving the right to take out or cripple (Khamenei's) nuclear capabilities if Tehran fails to comply with current agreements with Britain, France, Germany and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the paper strongly advocates a policy of people-to-people engagement particularly for young Iranians who are seen as especially alienated from the regime as well as greater use of television, radio and the Internet to communicate directly with the Iranian people.

SNIP...

Among the most prominent members of the CPD, founded last summer as a lobby group designed to rally support behind the broadest aims of the war on terrorism, are former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) chief James Woolsey; Centre for Security Policy Director Frank Gaffney; former Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich; and a flock of other hawks from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) and other groups that beat the drums for war against Iraq before the U.S. invasion in March 2003.

CONTINUED...

http://agitprop.org.au/nowar/20041221_jl_hawks_plan_reg...



What is it about MONEY that makes men MAD?
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